Formidable Kolkata will pose stiff challenge
Kolkata Knight Riders were thrift spenders in the IPL 2020 auction and acquired the likes of Pat Cummins (for a record fee), Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton. By signing up these players, Kolkata were also filling up key gaps in their line-up. As they move to the 2020 edition, Kolkata’s batting and bowling looks threatening enough but it remains to be seen how they gel as a group. Their odds of beating Mumbai Indians remain at 2.00.
Mumbai, the defending champions, play their second back to back game at Abu Dhabi and are under the pump after a loss first up to Chennai Super Kings. The Mumbai Indians have lost all six matches they have played in UAE now including the 2014 season. However, they have a way of storming back into seasons and their odds of beating Kolkata Knight Riders are a promising 1.80.
Overall, Mumbai Indians have won 19 of the 25 matches against Kolkata Knight Riders
Forget the rivalry between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders and the fact that these are two very competitive teams. The overall record between Mumbai and Kolkata in the IPL is as skewed as they come. In 25 matches over the years, Kolkata have won just six matches compared to the 19 wins Mumbai Indians have racked up in this time frame.
RECOMMENDED BET: Mumbai Indians have won eight of their last nine games against KKR and are priced at 1.80 to beat them again.
In the last four seasons, the teams have met nine times with Kolkata Knight Riders winning just the one fixture in 2019. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have bossed the league and, in particular, Kolkata Knight Riders. However, in the only time these teams met in UAE, KKR won the fixture.
Keep an eye on…
Mumbai’s top-order: Mumbai attacked too much in the powerplay and middle overs against Chennai and were left short of firepower to tackle the death. How Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock start could be vital to their fotunes this game against Kolkata Knight Riders as they also have a weak death bowling attack.
The KKR batting threat: With Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell, Kolkata Knight Riders have the most fearsome middle-order in the tournament. They are capable of racking up big totals and testing teams on slow wickets and that’s exactly what they will plan for against Mumbai.